Stein leads by more than 50 points in primary

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PPP’s first look at the Democratic race for Governor finds Josh Stein with a dominant lead. He gets 56% with all the rest of his opponents in single digits- Mike Morgan is at 5%, Marcus Williams at 4%, Chrelle Booker at 3%, and Gary Foxx gets 1%. Stein is broadly popular among the primary voters with an opinion about him, with 60% rating him favorably and just 4% unfavorably. By contrast Mike Morgan is mostly unknown- 82% of voters say they don’t know enough about him to have an opinion.

Stein has dominant leads in every segment of the Democratic electorate. Perhaps most notably he is at 49% with Black voters with none of his opponents getting more than 6% with them. His favorability with Black voters is 52/3.

There are clear early leaders in several of the other Democratic races:

-Rachel Hunt gets 23% for Lieutenant Governor to 6% for Mark Robinson and 5% for Ben Clark.

-Jeff Jackson gets 34% for Attorney General to 8% for Satana Deberry and 2% for Tim Dunn.

-Natasha Marcus gets 23% for Insurance Commissioner to 5% for David Wheeler.

Other races are relatively close with the vast majority of voters still in the undecided column:

-79% are undecided for Supreme Court. Allison Riggs leads Lora Cubbage 12-9.

-77% are undecided for State Treasurer. Wesley Harris leads Gabriel Esparza 14-9.

-77% are undecided for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mo Green leads with 11% to 7% for Kenon Crumble and 5% for C.R. Katie Eddings.

North Carolina Democrats are very enthused about each of their two main leaders. Joe Biden has an 82/10 favorability rating and Roy Cooper is even more popular, coming in at 89/3. Any endorsements Cooper makes in the Democratic races should be well received- 64% say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by him with only 2% less likely to.

PPP interviewed 556 likely Democratic primary voters on December 15th and 16th. The margin of error is +/-4.2%. Full results here

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